Sokoto: Bandits levy villagers N20m, killed over 120 in market attack


The Senate on Wednesday held a minute silence to mourn the killing of over 120 Nigerians by bandits at the Gorony Market in Sokoto State.

The attention of the upper chamber was drawn to the incident by Senator Ibrahim Gobir through a point of order.

According to the lawmaker at the commencement of plenary, the massacre of the victims by the bandits occurred on October 17, 2021.

Coming under Order 43 – Personal Explanation – of the Senate Rules, Gobir said: “On Sunday, 17th October 2021, Gorony market was attacked, and about 120 plus people killed.

“The terrorists came to the market and started shooting every person they saw in the market.”

He disclosed that in seven villages within some local government areas of the state, residents are compelled by bandits to pay levies between N1 million and N20 million.

Gobir gave the affected villages to include: Kwarangamba, Garki, Danadua, Katuma, Kurawa and Dama.

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The lawmaker lamented that failure to meet the demand imposed by the bandits in the affected areas had severally led to the killing of the villagers.

Gobir expressed frustration that in spite of consistent pleas to security agencies to come to the rescue of the affected communities, nothing has been done so far by the military and police to intervene in the plight of the people.

He further disclosed that the failure of the military to come to the rescue of the villagers has emboldened the terrorists to install their own representatives as villages heads in some areas of Sabon-Girin Local Government.

Gobir said: “The terrorists are now installing their village heads in some areas of Sabin-Girin local government.

“In Gangara, they replaced the village head with Dan Bakkolo, the next in command to a known terrorists called Turji.

“In Makwaruwa, they installed Dan Karami (a terrorist) as Maigari.”

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